We're all eager to see how Alden Ehrenreich pulls off a young Harrison Ford in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but Donald Glover's Lando might just prove to be the more exciting character. After all, we don't know a ton about Han's old buddy, except that he betrayed his best friend to the Empire.
Much more is known about Han thanks to the Marvel comics and new trilogy, but Mr. Calrissian is more of an enigma in the Star Wars universe. An exploration into the galaxy's most scandalous scoundrels will be a breath of fresh air and even more so than all the other Star Wars movies than one might think, says Glover.
“It's just a lot more fun,” he said. “All the Star Wars are fun, but [with] this movie, we know what's gonna happen … we know they're not gonna die," he told Entertainment Tonight. We know what happens, but how we get there is the crux of it, so we're allowed to have a lot more fun than in the other movies, where you have to deal with a lot of lineage and what's going to happen. I think this movie's just a fun, summer film. I'm really excited about it.”
Even after Solo finished wrapping, Glover got involved with another major Disney project, Marvel Studios' Black Panther. We know that rapper/comedian/actor Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) and his brother Stephen gave Ryan Coogler notes on the screenplay because the pair got a shoutout during the film's credits. Coogler stated the two took time out of their busy schedule to look over the script during a single day and help make certain character moments pop. For example, he mentioned the parts where Shuri (Letitia Wright) pokes fun at her brother T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman).
As it turns out, the Glover Bros.' contribution was a lot more comedy-related than Coogler let on. According to Donald himself, they were brought on to "punch up" the script, which is a Hollywood term for adding in jokes, one-liners, and even pop culture references into the finished proudct to make it more relatable and likeable to audiences.
“Marvel locks things down, so we had not as much time as I would’ve wanted. We had a couple of hours to punch up some jokes and stuff like that," he said in the same interview with Entertainment Tonight. "It was already there anyway. They had already done a great job, so it was really cool to just get our fingerprints on there a bit.”
So, it wasn't a total overhaul of Coogler and Joe Robert Cole's vision, just a refinement (and possible additions) to the funnier bits of the film. That being said, does this mean Glover is responsible for the "WHAT'RE THOOOOSEEEE?!?!" Vine joke in Shuri's lab? Something tells us that might just be the case.
It's cool that the brothers were able to offer some feedback on the finished script, especially since they're busy with two television shows at the moment: Atlanta and Deadpool.